’75 – ’76 gigs

The academic year ’75-’76 was notable because Simon spent most of it in France as part of his course, teaching English in a Lycée in Forbach near Strasbourg. We were down to a foursome – could we hack it?

Winter Term ’75
Freshers week Prof Hunt’s + Chaplaincy Centre Evening [1]  
Oct 3rd Balerno, St Mungo’s  
8th Hamilton College Freshers Night  
11th Aberdeen C.U. Barbecue  
12th Leith St Andrews Y.F.  
19th Bannockburn, Cowie  
25th Motherwell — open air
26th Motherwell — civic centre
Nov 2nd Bathgate, St John’s YF  
7th Dick Vet “Outward Axis” Barbecue, Galashiels  
9th Auchterarder Annual Youth Rally  
19th Stirling Univ C.U.  
20th George Sq Bread and Cheese Lunch  
23rd Carrick Knowe YF  
24th Dunfermline College (cancelled on arrival)
30th Ponton House  
Dec 6th Willy’s — Glenrothes[2]  
7th St Thomas’ Guest Service (Last of G Bridger) [3]
Easter Term ’76
Jan 17th CU Celidh  
18th Maranatha Centre  
19th Dunfermline College of Ed  
25th Bishopbriggs Brethren  
28th Netherbow Concert  
30th Dumfries Y.F.  
31st North Berwick Pavillion [sic]  
Feb 2nd Q. Margs. C.U. meeting (Talk)
14th Manchester  
28th Broughty Ferry (van broke down)
Mar 5th Charisma  
Summer Term ’76
May 2nd St Caths. Argyll  
Summer Vac ’76
June 19th – 26th Swaledale [4]  
Aug 10th – 14th St Ninians Crieff[5]  
14th Aviemore — Speyside Th.  
16th – 28th Netherbow  

[1] Professor Norman Hunt was the Edinburgh University Christan Union’s Honorary President. He and his wife used to host student gatherings at their rather astonishing house in Ravelston Dykes Road.

[2] This was at the home and home church of the man who is now Professor William F. Storrar of Princeton University. He was also responsible for our first gig as a fivesome, the “Jesus + Folk” event in the Baird House Common Room.

[3] Gordon Bridger was the vicar or rector of St Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Corstorphine, a student-friendly church. I think he moved to Norwich.

[4] Carolyn Dougill, our sound person and sometime girlfriend of Jim, arranged a cottage in Gunnerside in Swaledale for us all to spend a week in (getting Simon back in to harness and working on new material). I remember I got a summer job unexpectedly quickly and could only be there for the weekends.

[5] St Ninians was a Church of Scotland training centre in Crieff where Jim’s dad was the manager/warden/high heid yin, so Jim managed to find us rehearsal space there.

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